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Name the Critter Contest

StrangerGaze into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and behold this...monster from Mars? What the heck is this? The first reader to correctly identify this Bay critter will win a free Chesapeake Bay Foundation t-shirt. Enter your guesses as comments below. Ready, set, go! 

UPDATE: It is a Mantis Shrimp, or Squilla Empusa, and the winner is Jenny Bahr.  Congrats to Jenny, and thanks to everyone for playing.


(Photo from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.)


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Mantis shrimp

mantis shrimp

Mantis Shrimp- Squilla empusa

Bay blue crab, larval stage?

Thought for sure it's a baby Chesapeake Bay blue crab. See front claws, back fins, even the eyes look like crab's eyes and antennae...

Atlantic blue crab, for sure, juvenile

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